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build and so the money will come together but it's the loss of the historic have break that is going to leave a lasting pain for a while this serving as not only to generate sympathy across europe for france but as something of like a rallying call for the european project could this actually have a positive boost moving towards the european parliamentary elections next month. it's difficult to say brant because you don't know how the vent like that is so emotional and will play out really it is difficult to sort of turn this into something that you can work with is that you can sort of. you know how can you turn the burning down off the national symbol of not true in the heart of paris. to to for hope and look to the future and sort of turning turning the fates of
people in europe so that is very difficult the messaging that will have to come out of this and at the moment everybody is still sort of occupied was digesting what happened here and the sort of a lot of raw emotion here tonight people watching us in relative silence for hours and sort of people really being sort of gripped by this spectacle and so the future will be we'll see in a few days how. the french media and politicians will sort of deal with that. as we've been saying for the people of france is much more they can see it is part of their identity as a nation take a look for. parts of what we are an essential part of paris is in peril that was the reaction of many in france is the fire took hold they looked on incredulous as the flames engulfed. for the french people not to dom is more than just
a cathedral it's the heart of paris a landmark alongside the eiffel tower a magnet for millions of visitors a year notre dame stands on the internet in the middle of the river saying it's france's most famous catholic monument dating right back to the middle ages. in the french revolution many of the cathedrals treasures were plundered in a china for it was the venue for napoleon's current. as the emperor of france. eight hundred thirty one saw the publication of the famous novel the hunchback of notre dame by victor hugo it was a huge success and brought the cathedral new attention. now in twenty nineteen the unthinkable has happened the flames consuming not to done cathedral taking with them centuries of history. lots of history let's talk about the future of
the sun's going to come up it's going to be the day after this tragedy what is paris going to do with that you know barbara was talking about the mayor is going to have to deal with the political blowback for what the response. by the fire department for example well there will be a lot to answer for indeed these forty five min is do they between the moment the fire broke and the for us intervention of firefighters is something that one cannot fathom in a capital city like paris where are we supposed to have firefighters who are trained for duck out of situations and we know that after the terrorist attacks that took place in paris they weren't those exercises of in fact creation and firefighters must have been involved then we know it as the exercise also took place in the tom so why did they take so alone tonight there was a state of emergency after the terror attack in twenty two tina right yeah so there
would have been time to prepare for all kinds of disasters but those exercises together by the firefighters the police the emergency services were done in light of the terrorist attacks but they like if people are if martin see services can intervene in so situations why couldn't they intervene tonight and that's that's something that the mayor of paris. will have to answer for as soon as tomorrow why did that response was. responses to what the the money for the rehabilitation was in there to begin with that may have spared his old goods if it had been there in the first place i mean we don't know what caused this fire and it's very hard to prove a negative but we do know that that the people behind supporting this cathedral supporting us renovation supporting its upkeep have been struggling for years for decades even to get the necessary funding to keep this thousand year old
cathedral going the french state only provides two and a half million dollars a year for its just basic upkeep and maintenance it promised a few years ago to double that of five million dollars over the next decade as part of this twenty year long renovation projects and it's not it's not for pretty things it's for essential infrastructure support of this to keep this massive massive piece of architecture functioning and stable and secure the supporters of the renovation project were estimating this could cost up to one hundred eighty million dollars of before the fire and now we have to wait for investigators to tell us what this might cost as as we said french billionaire premier as pledged one hundred million euro sounds like a lot of money but we really don't know what we're dealing with until investigators can get in there and see what they write in and of course you know it was just dealing with the fire scene an active fire scene. when you look at. what do you see there do you see a place of worship or do you see an icon for your home country that that symbol of
france an icon and not a place of work ship of worship i mean a lot of people in france are not believe they do not belong to any church and yet they are affected tonight and outpolled by what is happening because not a dime is a symbol for friends and it has been so for centuries now it's part of our history it's a vibe to friendship it's a vibe well to a one and. world war two without being bombed and he was one of the few cathedrals in france which had never suffered from a fire is actually something that used to be family come on and didn't even time the other night and perrier it but. i have as if by miracle enough i am had never suffered any plight such as the one you tend to tonight's that's a very good story barbara what have you been hearing in paris tonight it's about
what six percent of the french attended church regularly this is not a society with a high level of religiosity what have people been saying to you what do they see when they look at those who don't. yes but they still feel heartbroken i mean it is still a very emotional event and that is because it is just so symbolic for france it is just somehow a sign for the long gavitt to you off of the french nation reaching back to middle ages being one of the most stable countries in the europe that was sort of invaded by armies but that was never completely overrun or torn apart and that somehow all of us managed to sort of forum and go for reform and go forward and sort of stay friends throughout a very long time and it is that historic that deep history connection that french
people have to their country to the soil and to the to the main cities of trads that that makes for the response that is what has been very emotional tonight here people really speaking about being being hunted broke and being very emotional and very touched by the spectacle and and southpaw it's something horrible happening in front of their eyes that everybody you looked at it and you think you he would want to stop it and people were very quiet here on the bridges around the not cathedral and watching this with this sort of very somber mood and it did touch people it's not so much there are a lot religious side but it is the loss of an historical symbol off the rootedness of france in its own past and we can you know hear the sirens in the background there where you are and as we approach. daybreak into tuesday morning on the
normal you know late monday night early tuesday morning there will be a lot going on even in a city like paris on the streets but tonight it's a completely different picture or isn't. yes police has largely blocked off the sane islands and order so too for emergency vehicles to get through firefighters moving back and forth and to just sort of keep traffic away from here and people have slowly been dispersing they've been out here for hours this one group on the bridge here which is still singing religious him in a very low voices but other people have slowly drifted home they have seen what they had come to see and everybody left sort of in a sad mood so it is affecting the city this was this is going to take a long time to go away and all the talk about rebuilding it's not bloody you can't
really bring something back that has been there for a thousand years and that gets almost destroyed within a few hours that seems to be an ominous sign a sign for things not going well for france and so many people will feel this is sort of negative omen. you know negative. do you feel that way you know it certainly feels like it's the and of a part of this if it is a show we do know if it will be and they got to negative almost see the future it will tell us you know any case it is a very sad day for friends for french people they've lost one of their one piece of their cultural heritage and it's something that that's that they damage my name across presidency a bit further because it happens under our he's men date even though like i say the lack of funding that we were talking about before didn't happen only. under his
mandate is as a result of politic in terms of cultural heritage. in the positive and it. looked a lot worse earlier in the evening when i mean for a while we were looking at a complete destruction of this cathedral the towers or risk of collapsing they saved them we also can note that nobody died yes very important nobody died this happened after the tours were closed and because he draws close for the day there was one seriously injured firefighter was reported we'll hear more about him or her later perhaps and i think it's a very humbling moment for for people everywhere we i think we get lured into the sense of safety in our modern life that we have all this technology and modern political theory available to us to solve all of our issues and for for something so rudimentary as fire it reminds us that we are all very much at the whim of nature and these things can still happen that's a very good point it's
a good point to close on him and of course barbara in paris to all of you thank you very much the day is almost over the conversation continues online if i just on twitter news or you can follow me of we're going to use the hash tag the day we are going to leave you now with images of that fire at. if you drill in paris and remember whatever happens between now and then tomorrow is another day we'll see the next. to. the for. the for.
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